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Archdeacon Stock writes as follows to the Wellington Post : —“ I hare been asked by so many my opinion concerning the coming fate of the-wotld in 1883 by the falling of the comet into the sun, that I should be obliged if you will allow me a few words upon the matter. Ido not believe that there will be this predicted ruin, for three reasons :—l. The comet is said to be a re-appearance of the 1843 comet, altered in its motion bythe resistance of the zodiacal light around the sun. Professor Nftwcoraby, of America, gives for this coinet, in his work on astronomy, a period of 530 years, writing in 1878, long after the comet had vanished, and'when its orbit was well known. 2. .A comet in approaching the sun loses matter in the tail thrown off the head and left behind, but this comet was brighter than any other comet; and if it be a. re-appear-ance, this is contrary to What it should be, as a comet re-appearing, would not be so bright' at its. second visit.' 3. A comet approaching the sun which has moved in an ellipse must, if its altered by some resistance, move in a . spiral, rapidly closing up, but at each revolution the comet would lose, more and more of its matter, and so at the last have little left to do mischief with. ' I do not also see how such a comet with very little matter could so heat up the sun as it is said. The comet’s mass would be as nothing compared with that of the sun, and the hf at produced at the spot touched woulobe but a very small addition to that of the whole sun. 4. Proctor, who began this scare, spoke of the comet and its attendant meteors falling into the sun j but because some comets travel in the path of meteoric bodies, it is ,hf|re assumed that all do so, and that these meteors are essential parts of all comets, but these meteoric bodies 'revolve quickly around the sun like the band of asteroids, which are only large meteors, between Mars and Jupiter. Some of these meteor rings have, as I take;it, attended one or two comets, but most certainly it is not proved that every comet has a meteor train. 5. Piazzi Smith, or rather others who have enlarged his pyramid theory, spoke,'of 1881-1882 as an ending period. I never read in any of their pamphlets of 1883 as a terminal year. 6. For reasons to be gathered by a study of the r prophetic Scriptures, I believe that before any great change in what is now, the Jews must return to their own land j that the result of the changes to|be looked for then will be an increasejof happiness to the world under the kingdom of the Lord, and that this ruin predicted in 1883 will not be until the ending of that reign.

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THE COMET IN CONNECTION WITH THE END OF THE WORLD., Ashburton Guardian, Volume IV, Issue 797, 20 November 1882

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THE COMET IN CONNECTION WITH THE END OF THE WORLD. Ashburton Guardian, Volume IV, Issue 797, 20 November 1882

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